Uddingston Rugby Club travelled to the north side of Glasgow last Saturday to play a return match against Lenzie who are sitting 4th in the RBS West Division 2 league. Hoping to redress the 30-5 defeat they suffered last November against this team, the Villagers put on an impressive performance, losing just 10-5, in a game they could have won. Unfortunately, they missed a penalty and failed to capitalise on two scoring opportunities during the second half of the game which would have made all the difference. However, the Villagers did come away with a losing bonus point for their efforts.
Despite being weaker in the scrums and failing to secure much line out ball, the Villagers tackling was excellent particularly during the opening 30 minutes of the first half, when they enjoyed most of the possession and territory.
It took the home side until the 34th minute to put first points on the board following a well taken line out just 5 meters from the Villagers line. With good pack support they camped on the visitors try line and eventually, the pressure proved too strong to contain and prop Ross Queenan went over to secure the first try of the game. The conversion fell short and the score stood at 5-0.
Within five minutes, the Villagers were back in trouble. Lenzie were awarded a penalty and kicked the ball down field finding touch. Securing their line out ball, they then formed a driving maul and pushed the Villagers all the way back from their 22 to the try line where hooker, Martin Williams took it over the line. The conversion attempt failed and as the whistle blew for half time, the score stood at 10-0 to the home side.
As the second half got underway, both sides were fairly evenly matched and were equally guilty of making handling errors and conceding free kicks and giving away the odd penalty. However, in the 55th minute, the Villagers managed to gain ground following some very good ball handling at pace and broke through Lenzie’s defence to arrive within a few metres of the try line. Persistent pressure paid off and eventually James Brown took the ball over the line to secure Uddingston’s only try and the final try of the game. The conversion went wide and the fulltime score was 10-5 to the home side.
This Saturday, Uddingston play host to Cumbernauld in a league match at Bothwell Castle Policies, kick off 2pm.
Uddingston’s U18 squad travelled to Cumbernauld last Sunday to play in the West Region U18 Cup. Unfortunately Cumbernauld were forced to concede the game due to insufficient players and a friendly was played which Uddingston won convincingly.
Uddingston’s U18 team now go forward into the next round of the Cup competition and play Lenzie at Bothwell Castle Policies this Sunday 11th March.
The kick off time is still to be confirmed, but will probably be 3pm.